Fourth of July Service
On Sunday, July 5th, we will celebrate our nation’s freedom with a testimonial service. Everyone is invited to share what it means to be a Christian in America. We look forward to this special time of worship and sharing.

After the service, come to Crichton Hall, where the Care Committee is hosting an ice cream social.

Our Newest Flag
Our heartfelt thanks go out to Ms. Marion Watson, who recently purchased not one, but three, new United States flags from Heads Flags to enable us to retire the old ripped flag. Heads Flags, located in Tampa, gave her a special price for the flags and has promised to repair and resew frayed flags; so for the next few years, we should always have a fresh flag flying, a flag in reserve and a third flag being repaired at Heads. Of course, all of these flags will fade and will need to be retired eventually too. Still, it’s a wonderful Independence Day gift—our thanks to Ms. Watson.

Women’s Mission Study
Save the Date—September 19, 2015. That’s the date for the South Central District’s UMW Mission Study. This year will be looking at UMW missions in Latin America, and especially in Cuba, Haiti and the Dominican Republic where the Florida Conference has compacts and missions with local Methodist churches.
The Women’s Mission Study will be held at the First United Methodist Church, 120 N. Knights Ave., Brandon. Registration will be at 9:00 AM and the event will be held from 9:30 AM until 1:30 PM. Women are advised to bring a bag lunch, with beverages and desserts provided by the organizers. Women are urged to bring their friends, neighbors and daughters to learn how they can become involved in the mission work of the church. Study books can be ordered in advance for $10. Contact Donna Spear at or call 293-4281.

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Bible Passage of the Week
One Lost Sheep

Suppose someone among you had one hundred sheep and lost one of them. Wouldn’t he leave the other ninety-nine in the pasture and search for the lost one until he finds it? And when he finds it, he is thrilled and places it on his shoulders. When he arrives home, he calls together his friends and neighbors, saying to them, ‘Celebrate with me because I’ve found my lost sheep.’  In the same way, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who changes both heart and life than over ninety-nine righteous people who have no need to change their hearts and lives.

Luke 15:4-7 (CEB)

Pastors Message
Prayer Requests
About Us

8002 U. S. Highway 301 South, Riverview, FL  33578  813-677-5995
Service Times:
9:00 AM -- Faith Groups for All Ages
 (Sunday School)
10:00 AM-- Worship Service

Rev. Merritt Waters, Pastor

Here at Riverview First United Methodist Church, it is our mission to win people to Christ, to train believers to become disciples, and to send disciples to impact our community and the world for Jesus Christ.
Download the July, 2015 BELL Newsletter from this link.
RUMC Launches Online Giving

Riverview First United Methodist Church is excited to announce that you can now manage your giving online! Giving online is easy and allows you to set up automatic recurring contributions and view your complete online giving history from anywhere you have access to the Internet. Or you can enter one-time contributions from the internet or by smart phone.

To get started, simply follow these easy steps:

  • Click on the Online Giving button below. This will take you to our church’s online giving webpage.

  • Click on our Create Profile button on that webpage.

  • Follow the onscreen instructions to create an online profile and to schedule your recurring or one-time contributions.

We also offer a mobile app version of our online giving page. Now, you can give anytime using your smart phone or tablet. Simply scan the image found in your Sunday bulletin or monthly Bell Newsletter using your device’s QR code reader.
Celebrating 170 Years
Riverview First United Methodist Church was started in 1845, a year before Florida became a state.  On August 16th, our church will be celebrating 170 years of serving God and the greater Riverview community. You are warmly invited to celebrate with us on that Sunday with a Homecoming Service beginning at 10:30 AM.  We have invited former pastors, members and friends to participate with us.  Special singing and other surprises have been planned for that Sunday. Immediately following the service, there will be a covered dish luncheon. We look forward to fellowshipping with all our current and former members and friends.

To join us please RSVP by July 31st either by writing us at the 8002 U.S. Highway 301 South, Riverview, FL 33578 or calling us at (813)677-5995.
Vacation Bible School 
Coming in July

​Our Vacation Bible School is coming on July 27th through July 31st. The theme for this year’s VBS is “G Force”, where kids explore how to put their faith into action. In this focusing on missions, your child will experience God’s unstoppable love and discover how to move in and through life with God. G-Force also has an emphasis on all sorts of kid-friendly transportation, such as skateboards, running shoes, roller blades, and more!  

Rolinda Smoak, our VBS Director, has chosen the dates and the curriculum, but, as always, she needs the support of the entire congregation. She is looking for teachers, teacher’s aides, food preparers and support crew.

The VBS, and its mascot, Chester the Cheetah is also looking for financial support. To make a contribution just earmark funds on an envelope to “VBS” or “Cheetah” and place your envelope into the collection plate.

You can register a child, volunteer, or contact Ms. Smoak from our special VBS Website.

Calendar of Events

Sunday July 5
Freedom Sunday. Celebrating what it means to be a Christian in America. Congregation testimonials welcome. Sanctuary, 10 AM.
Ice Cream Social.  Crichton Hall, 11:15 AM.

Tuesday, July 7
Trustees Meeting. Library, 7:00 PM

Tuesday, July 14
Finance Committee Meeting. Library, 6:00 PM
Church Council. Library, 7:00 PM

Monday, July 20-Saturday, July 25
Camp Warren Willis Youth Camp. Contact Pastor Rick Phillips at 503-7933, if you are interested.

Friday, July 24
Classical Guitar Concert with Gerardo Perez Capdevila.  Sanctuary, 7:00 PM. Tickets $15. Intermission refreshments in Crichton Hall.

Monday, July 27 – Friday, July 31
Vacation Bible School.  Church Campus. Contact Rolinda Smoak at 453-0190 to help out.

Sunday, August 16
170th Birthday Celebration (Homecoming Sunday). Sanctuary, 10:30 AM.

Saturday, September 19
South Central District UMW Mission Study. First UMC, Brandon, 120 N. Knights Avenue, 9:00 AM-1:30 PM.
Classical Guitarist Virtuoso 
Gerardo Perez Capdevila 
to Perform at RUMC

Classical guitarist virtuoso Gerardo Perez Capdevila will be performing at the United Methodist Church on Friday evening, July 24th, in the church sanctuary starting at 7:00 PM.

Tickets for this fundraising concert are $15. For more information or to purchase tickets call the church office at 677-5995 or Connie Mosley at 766-7104.  Find more information about this concert on the News Page.